Early Voting in Australian Federal Elections: Causes and Consequences
13 Pages Posted: 22 May 2014 Last revised: 16 Apr 2015
Date Written: 2014
The research examined who is likely to vote early and why they do so. Correlation analysis at the Commonwealth electoral division level shows that age, income and education are associated with the type of early vote (pre-poll or postal votes) voters are more likely to cast. The analysis suggests that the largest numbers of early votes, in the form of pre-poll votes, are cast by middle age and older Australians with average incomes and lower levels of education. “Convenience” is the main reason given by Australians to vote early but this is not among the allowed reasons listed by the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.
Keywords: Elections, voting, early voting, pre-poll voting, postal voting, convenience, demographics
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